Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Let sleeping dogs lie

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Summary

Feifei's not happy that she's got to make more tea for the team, but it's best for her not to make a fuss - and to let sleeping dogs lie. Find out what this phrase means in this programme.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Que sera, sera



Speak English fluently - 5 steps to improve your English fluency

Smombie

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Summary

You know those people who walk around staring at their smartphones - even if it puts them and others in danger? Well, there's a word for them – it comes from German, but people are now starting to use it in English. Join Neil and Feifei as she walks into a door to teach you this cutting-edge word..


Sunday, 20 May 2018

About writing

 Your writing says a LOT about you as a person...

Are you clear and easy to understand, or sloppy and confusing?

Does your writing communicate intelligence and professionalism, or that you're someone others shouldn't work with?

Your writing also reveals your level of spoken English fluency.

Rub it in

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Summary

Some people seem to enjoy reminding you of your bad fortune. In this programme Neil tries to make Feifei feel bad about being stuck in the office on a beautiful day, but he's the one who ends up in pain. Find out why and learn a new expression in this episode of The English We Speak.


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Out of the loop

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Summary

It's good to get fit and healthy - and that's what Feifei and her work colleagues are trying to do. They've been discussing a new 'healthy working policy' but Neil has missed out. Where was he when this was being discussed? Feifei says he's 'out of the loop'. Listen to this programme to find out what that means.


Friday, 18 May 2018

Everything is better...




I have never really understood the concept of “home.” Beyond a place to sleep and protection from the elements, it hasn’t ever had much meaning for me. I seem to have been running for much of my life. Usually away from myself or messes I’ve created. But nine months ago I finally stopped running. I moved to Madrid. I came home. And I discovered what that word means.

An old hand

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Summary

What has presenting this programme got to do with Feifei's hands? When Neil says she's 'an old hand' at doing it, is he insulting her - or is he paying her a compliment? Listen and find out if she gets to present the programme standing on her head!


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Be a doer!

 I remember hearing an interesting expression when I was young that has stayed with me to this day:

"Life is hard because it gives you the test first, then the lesson."

This means we experience things and then understand some kind of lesson from them, like discovering that you burn your hand if you touch a hot stove.

That´ll teach you

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Summary

Feifei is suffering after a late night out. She had a great time but will she learn from her suffering? Neil has some words of wisdom, but does it mean she'll have to go back to the classroom? All will be revealed in this programme.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Small change

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Summary

Feifei opens her purse to illustrate a phrase that has more than one meaning. She's ready to explain using a phrase that describes trivial and insignificant things – and it won't cost you a penny!


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Bleed someone dry

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Summary

Feifei is worried that Neil's plumber has attacked him. He's certainly bled him dry, but why is there no need to go to hospital? Listen to this programme and all will become clear. You'll also learn the meaning of another strange English phrase.